V2489. RICHARD NOVÁK: Songs by Dvorák, Kricka, Schubert & Wolf; Arias from Don Carlos, Simon Boccanegra, Macbeth, Luisa Miller, Don Giovanni, Rusalka, Eugen Onégin, Ruslan and Ludmila, Boris Godunov, Les Contes d'Hoffmann, The Cunning Little Vixen & Die Walküre. (Czech Republic) 2-Supraphon 4206, recorded 1975-78, plus a Live Performance, 13 Oct., 2001, Prague. The 34pp booklet gives all texts in Czech and English. - 099925420628
"Backed up by the Czech Philharmonic, the 85-year-old Richard Novák sings the part of the Forester from the CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN in a way that leaves you gaping in admiration. His performance is a witness not only to his singing skill, but also his life experience. The fact that he was lucky to find great music teachers has combined with persistence and hard work on his part. He was not afraid to interrupt his singing career at its apparent height when he felt his voice was losing inner support, and start anew. In 1961 he won second place in a singing competition in Toulouse (with José van Dam taking first place) and became a laureate in the competition held in the Dutch city of Hertogenbosch in 1962. Dvorák, Verdi and Janácek represent the three supporting pillars of his repertoire and at the same time his three major musical loves. Novák sang as a guest in Teatro Colón, at the Salzburg Festival under Claudio Abbado and also appeared on prestigious stages in Paris, Madrid and Venice. He has collaborated with many outstanding conductors, having sung oratorios under Ancerl and Neumann and recorded the GLAGOLITIC MASS with both Mackerras and Chailly. One must not forget to mention his beloved song repertoire including works by Schubert, Schumann, Wolf, Kricka, and, first and foremost, Dvorák's 'Biblical Songs'."
- Ned Ludd